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The Thirsty Earth, is scheduled to come out in August of 2013. You can find out more about the book (and even listen to the first chapter) by clicking the Novels button above. Even though I’m the author of six novels, I recently worked as the data manager for an HIV program in New York. Similarly, I spent a few years working as a web design consultant in the Caribbean, so you can probably get a sense of my work by looking at this site.
In the fall of 2013 I'll start my PhD in the sociology of development—essentially, the study of how poor countries can advance socio-economically. Given my interest in (global) poverty and inequality, my novels tend to have a “social commentary” aspect. Writing, for me, has always been a way to make sense of the world. A good book is like a good conversation, in that it opens us up new possibilities and challenges our lazy assumptions about life. This is my goal as an author.
Ric Nero a Chicago native is the newly published author of Revealing Revelations, a five star reviewed hit for the new author. Raised on the sothern side of Chicagos poverty stricken inner city Ric Nero is the youngest of three brothers raised in a single parented house hold where his mother did her best to keep provide and raise the only men in her life. First of the three to graduate highschool he moved on to sedving three years in the U.S. Army in various stations and served fifteen months in Iraq. After exiting the military he pursued his drem of becoming a published author with one thing in mind that he tells himself daily.
My name is Margaret Felicia Kreps. I am a 41 year old single mom from Newark, New Jersey. I love to represent 07112, even though I have lived all over the state of New Jersey. My children are 23 year old Jemall and 6 year old Kendra. I was educated at Weequahic High School in Newark, and then went on to acquire my Associates in Applied Science in Radiography at Essex County College. After working several years as an Xray Technologist, I returned to The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program.
After the birth of my second child (Kendra), I began to work as a private contractor under my own company name, Kreps Medical Imaging, LLC. Here I would lease my services as an Xray or Nuclear Medicine Technologist throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. A few years later I returned to higher education, and earned my B.S. in Allied Health Technologies.
With many changes in health billing coupled with the oversaturation of Nuclear Medicine Technologists, as well as the overall recession, I decided to reinvent myself, and my career. After a hard decision to leave New Jersey, I enrolled as a full-time accelerated Nursing student at the Inter Americana University of Puerto Rico this past August. I am currently toward the end of my first trimester, and enjoying my new life in Puerto Rico with my daughter Kendra.
Even though My Intimate Journey With Ceasar was conceived while I was still in New Jersey, I was not able to fully give birth to it until after I relocated to Puerto Rico. I do not know what the good Lord has in store for my future, but I am confident, and ready to take the Journey.
Blacc Topp was born to a father that was a gangster turned preacher and a mother that was a singer, artist, and scholar. He was born into a family of preachers, pimps, prostitues, drug drealers, dopefiends, and squares. BlaccTopp was raised on the streets of South Dallas, Texas. After the death of his father, feeling as though he had nowhere to turn he turned to the gang. The neighborhood gang, Dixon Circle 357um Gangsta Crips is where he would learn to become ruthless and unfeeling. Although he was deep in the gang and game he continued his studies for fear that his mother would make him move to Florida.By the age nineteen he had been shot three times and was on his way to the Texas Department of Corrections with a forty year prison sentence for distribution of narcotics. While inside he lost his youngest sister to the violence of drugs in 1996. After serving seven years he was granted parole (mainly due to his mother's efforts). He used the education that he obtained inside to land a job at a top engineering firm in Texas. He used his love of word play to push himself to local fame on the hip-hop scene in Texas and Florida but, he would lose his mother to cancer in 2006, only to lose his oldest sister to cancer in 2008 and he knew something had to change. He began to chronicle his life, his mishaps and his capers which gave birth to The Hustle Chronicles, his debut novel and soundtrack of the same name. He is a father to three young children and husband to a beautiful and supportive wife. They reside in the state of Florida.
Zaneta Powell was born in Camden Al but was raised in between Camden and Yellow Bluff Al where she now resides. She grew her love for reading after reading “God Don’t Like Ugly” by Mary Monroe. From that point on she became an avid reader. With so much going on within the pages of the novels she read; she desperately wanted to converse about them. With the town of Yellow Bluff being so small, she couldn’t find anyone to talk to so she turned to Facebook where she created a book club called Black Faithful Sisters and Brother’s Book Club. After reading so many books, Zaneta felt that she could write her own book and tell her story from her point of view. After years of starting and stopping she finally finished and published her book called Misplaced Loyalties on April 3, 2013.
Divine Ortiz a Puerto Rican man born in The Bronx, NY. Bronx River Projects to be exact. Even though he didn't come from a "bad home", He still took to the streets like a fish to water. We left NY in his early teens (Father was in the military) and he ended up in FT Bragg/Fayetteville, NC. By the time he was 19, he was back in NY and locked up on New York's notorious Riker's Island. Soon 3 days after his release from Riker's, he ended up in the NC DOC with a 13 year sentence. Once released from the NC prison system, the streets called him again, but hustling and drug dealing just weren't enough, and he ended up in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for Armed Bank Robbery. It was during his third time in the Federal system that he decided that he had had enough. Five prison sentences was all the time that he had in him to give. Come chat with us and see how he changed his life around to being a writer.
Racquel Williams was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At age 13, I migrate to Mount Vernon, New York . I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Phoenix and looking forward to graduation in November with an Associate’s Degree. After struggling with different types of abuse as a child, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of teenagers that are experiencing some form of abuse and have no one to turn to. I know, I can’t save everyone, but I can make a difference in the life of one person.
Mark L. Pippen is a native of Durham, North Carolina. Years of experience in hospitality management led him to Newark, New Jersey, in 2001 where he currently resides. Career accomplishments came quickly. But his desire to offer encouragement and support to people always left him feeling that there was something more helpful he could be doing. As years passed he continued to seek an opportunity that would allow him to feel a sense of higher purpose. In the meantime he became a "workaholic." Hereditary factors combined. His health was adversely affected. He was rushed to the hospital on several occasions. Medical professionals advised that it was imperative that he make lifestyle changes to reduce his stress level. Mark made the difficult decision to leave employment in the public sector to focus on stabilizing and improving his health.
"Everything happens for a reason" were the words of consolation many people offered. For over two years the reason eluded him. During that period Mark found comfort, strength and determination in Spirituality and renewed Faith. He had always been taught to look at the bright side. He realized how fortunate he was in spite of his challenges. He began expressing and exchanging experiences, perspectives and beliefs using social media. Fellowship, networking and writing replaced his prior passions. Finally, he began to feel that he reaching hearts and touching lives. Encouragement poured in for him to publish a motivational book. At last, "The Gospel According To Mark was born.
Phoenix Summers is an erotic writer hailing from South Beach, Florida. Her sensual, edgy stories are intended to entertain readers by providing a fresh interesting plot that has a satisfying ending.
With a strong desire to write outside the box, Phoenix strives to bring her readers thought provoking books that unlock her reader’s wildest fantasies, and introduce them to forbidden worlds that they might never otherwise know. Phoenix believes that regardless of a person’s race, creed, or gender—love is love. She aims to write stories about people of different ethnicities to support her beliefs.
Phoenix is in her element in South Beach. When she’s not writing, you can find her indulging in a little shopping, tipping back a few martinis, and lazing on the sand. Phoenix enjoys traveling, reading, dining out, and watching crime dramas. She’s also secretly addicted to a few naughty reality shows.
Tina Nance is the founder and Senior Editor at Perfect Prose Editing. She has enjoyed a rich and varied career path in the journey to her current role as editor. Using her music industry, finance, and technical editing background, along with a genuine love for books and words, Tina added a bit of editing training and formed Perfect Prose in October 2011. In a little over a year, Perfect Prose has completed over 35 projects with some of the best and brightest in urban fiction. Tina resides in R
Monica Mathis-Stowe, author of Where Did We Go Wrong, is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Nyack College with a degree in Organizational Management. When she's not pounding the keyboard crafting her next novel, she works as an investigator in the metropolitan Washington area. She currently lives in Prince George's County, Maryland, with her firefighter husband and their handsome son.
Brian W. Smith is the author of several bestselling novels, Mama’s Lies – Daddy’s Pain, DEADBEAT, If These Trees Could Talk, and BEATER. He is the President of Hollygrove Publishing and an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing. Brian is a native of New Orleans, LA, and currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
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